With many more ways to control an Apple Watch than just winding it up, using Apple's newest gadget to its fullest extent will take some time to master. The small and pressure-sensitive touchscreen isn't quite like what you use on your iPhone and accessing so many (and sometimes hidden) features isn't always straightforward.
Fear not, though, as CNET How To is here to help. As he was writing his exhaustive Apple Watch review, our wearables guru Scott Stein explored all corners of the device. So, if you have an Apple Watch, or have preordered and are eagerly waiting for it to arrive, let us guide you on exactly how to use the your new friend and what it can do for you.
We'll be adding more Apple Watch How Tos this week so bookmark this post and check back. And if you have any questions, ask them in the comments.
Setting up your Apple Watch
Congratulations, your Apple watch has arrived! And now that you have it, unboxed it, and slipped it on your wrist like a boss, here's what to do next.
The bands on the Apple Watch are interchangeable, meaning you can easily change and swap bands for different looks. CNET's Scott Stein showed us how it's done, and the process couldn't be simpler. Here's what you need to know.
There are many, many apps for the Apple Watch. Here's how you get them on and off, and how they actually work.
No headphone jack? No problem. You connect a pair of Bluetooth headphones to your Watch to listen to music during your run -- without your phone.
Gestures and features
Learning the Apple Watch's many gestures should be first on your list when you strap it on your wrist. Here's how to locate apps, pay for things on the go and find your way around Apple's advanced new watch. These are the key ways to navigate on it.
What can the Apple Watch do by itself? Not a lot -- it's mainly an iPhone accessory -- but there are some key things that it can handle on its own, beyond just telling you the time.
Compatibility with Apple Pay is one of the watch's most touted features. Adding your credit card is easy, but it's a different process than what you may be used to with your iPhone.
While the Apple Watch isn't its own stand-alone communication device, when connected to an iPhone it does offer a lot of different ways to interact with others. You can make phone calls, send and receive texts, and even send little doodles or your heartbeat.
Being able to quickly reply to a message from your Apple Watch is a big part of its appeal. Instead of responding using Apple's preset, generic responses, take a few seconds to create your own.
The method for taking a screenshot on an Apple Watch is slightly different than on an iPhone or iPad. Here's what you need to know.
The battery life on the Apple Watch will last you about a day, but there are ways to squeeze some extra juice out of it.
Still need to order? No problem
Unless you order online, buying an Apple Watch is quite different from buying an iPhone or iPad. In stores, you'll need an appointment, and the very personal nature of the device can make the choices bewildering. If you're still confused, Sharon Profis can guide you through the process in her complete guide to buying an Apple Watch.